confidence

Definitions

  • Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
    Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n confidence freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular","after that failure he lost his confidence","she spoke with authority"
    • n confidence a secret that is confided or entrusted to another "everyone trusted him with their confidences","the priest could not reveal her confidences"
    • n confidence a feeling of trust (in someone or something) "I have confidence in our team","confidence is always borrowed, never owned"
    • n confidence a trustful relationship "he took me into his confidence","he betrayed their trust"
    • n confidence a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable "public confidence in the economy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Confidence Giving occasion for confidence. "The cause was more confident than the event was prosperous."
    • Confidence Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault; dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous. "The fool rageth and is confident ."
    • Confidence Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted. "As confident as is the falcon's flight
      Against a bird, do I with Mowbray fight."
    • Confidence Private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared; as, there were confidences between them. "Sir, I desire some confidence with you.""I am confident that very much be done."
    • Confidence That in which faith is put or reliance had. "The Lord shall be thy confidence ."
    • Confidence The act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in; trust; reliance; belief; -- formerly followed by of, now commonly by in. "Society is built upon trust, and trust upon confidence of one another's integrity.""A cheerful confidence in the mercy of God ."
    • Confidence The state of mind characterized by one's reliance on himself, or his circumstances; a feeling of self-sufficiency; such assurance as leads to a feeling of security; self-reliance; -- often with self prefixed. "Your wisdom is consumed in confidence ;
      Do not go forth to-day."
      "But confidence then bore thee on secure
      Either to meet no danger, or to find
      Matter of glorious trial."
    • Confidence Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved. "Be confident to speak, Northumberland;
      We three are but thyself."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n confidence Assurance of mind or firm belief in the good will, integrity, stability, or veracity of another, or in the truth or certainty of a proposition or an assertion; trust; reliance.
    • n confidence Reliance on one's own powers, resources, or circumstances; belief in one's own competency; self-reliance; assurance.
    • n confidence That in which trust is placed; ground of trust; one who or that which gives assurance or security.
    • n confidence Boldness; courage; disregard or defiance of danger.
    • n confidence A secret; a private or confidential communication: as, to exchange confidences.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Confidence firm trust or belief: faith: self-reliance: firmness: boldness: presumption
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Quotations

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    “True prosperity is the result of well-placed confidence in ourselves and our fellow man.”
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    “Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation.”
  • Jerry West
    Jerry West
    “Confidence is a lot of this game or any game. If you don't think you can, you won't.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
  • Brian Tracy
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    “Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.”
  • John R. Stott
    John R. Stott
    “Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. confidentia, firm trust in, self-confidence: cf. F. confidence,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. confidĕrecon, sig. completeness, and fidĕre, to trust.

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Fullerton was confident that the new method was to be a gigantic success.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
As confidence begets confidence, Mrs. Maroney will, most certainly, in time unbosom herself to you.
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
Foyle felt that it was going to be no easy matter to win this man's confidence.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
This confidence is contagious.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
On my return, my mother having a maid in whom she placed confidence, left me again to the care of servants.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
We were all equally poor and equally confident of the future.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Philip Schuyler, Hamilton's father-in-law, confidently expected a re-election.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
She confides in the love of those around her, and feels as if their eyes were her own.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Why should it be wrong for me to force confidences, when she herself had led the way?
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The crews, though no faint-hearted fellows, had not as yet learned to place confidence in him.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
He's that because he ain't game for the other thing,' he confided to me.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
I am going to confide in you, to confide in you to a certain measure.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
The work was the work of a giant rather than a man; but never for one moment did his confidence fail him.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
If we had confidences, they were confidences of the counting-house, not of the heart.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
She shook it off with a little movement of her head, and met his glance with her usual serene confidence.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
But he held his head higher and walked with a more confident air.
"The Fate of Felix Brand" by Florence Finch Kelly
Confident in his ability, he had come over to England to seek his fortune afresh.
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
The counsel and help of Clodwig von Wolfsgarten could be counted upon confidently in all exigencies.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
Confidence, especially full assurance, was not to be thought of.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
That clasp of May's hand filled Rachel's body with confident happiness.
"The Duchess of Wrexe" by Hugh Walpole
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In poetry:

As I review my past year's work,
Some things I've left undone;
And yet I feel that I have gained,
If your confidence I've won.
"New Year's Greeting" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Then came the primrose, childlike flower;
It looked me in the face;
It bore a message full of power,
And confidence, and grace.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
To thee with confidence I look,
And calmly wait thy promised aid;
I rest securely on that Rock,
On which Almighty help is laid.
"Hymn III" by William Duke
Confiding that the Son will ne'er,
If in His justice wroth with them,
Refuse to harken to Her prayer
Who suckled Him in Bethlehem?
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Thy word, like silver sev'n times tried,
Through ages shall endure;
The men that in thy truth confide
Shall find the promise sure.
"Psalm 12" by Isaac Watts
Some are blooming, youthful faces,
Victory confident to win,
Some are from the contest shrinking,
Wearied with the strife and din.
"In The Twilight" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

Heat confidently awaits Thunder for Game 3.
Big Show confidently stands his ground: photos.
Press Releases Symantec Helps Enterprises Confidently Adopt Virtualization and Significantly Reduce Storage Costs with Scale-out NAS Solution.
Ruben Amaro Jr a confident leader.
Saxby Chambliss 'Confident' David Petraeus Was Truthful During Confirmation Hearing .
The potential headlines from this week should include: " Congo army finds new confidence," "a mutiny stands its ground," and "army defections spark tensions between Congo and Rwanda.
Mario Monti, who was heralded as the answer to Italy's myriad problems when he was appointed to the presidency, has run into endless obstacles, and public confidence in him is waning.
Politically Confident, Iran Cuts Subsidies on Prices.
Richard Sherman does not lack for confidence.
A flurry of positive data on jobs, growth and consumer confidence suggest that the economy is slowly, steadily improving.
Preventing Plant Shutdowns With Coal Conveying Confidence.
He played protector, friend, and confidant.
The thriving subgenre of immigrant displacement dramedy gets a confident new spin from Cherien Dabis, a Palestinian-Jordanian raised in the United States.
Distinguishing Narcissism from Self-Confidence.
"Dollhouse" creator Joss Whedon feels more confident going into season two.
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In science:

Trip point value coding using either fuzzy set data or simple numerical coding; then NN starts to learn from input random tests and supervised by ATE detects TPV value from (2). (4) The confidence in the classification is determined by averaging the mean error for each network (i.e. consistency check).
Computational Intelligence Characterization Method of Semiconductor Device
The confidence level by which the null hypothesis could be rejected gave the confidence level that there was signal below the 40ms time constant.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
When the relaxation spectrum was assumed to be nonnegative, the novel test required signal to noise ratios (SNR) approaching 1000 in the T2 decays for detection of the myelin signal with high confidence.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
When the relaxation spectrum was not assumed to be nonnegative, the SNR requirements for a detection with high confidence increased by a factor of 25.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
If the data can reject the null hypothesis to a high confidence level it follows that all the spectra consistent with the data have the signal of interest and the detection is definitive.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
The rest of this paper compares the explicit and implicit forms of testing the null hypothesis by applying both tests to the myelin water detection problem for T2 decays, both simulated and measured in vivo, to demonstrate that both the implicit and explicit forms yield similar confidence levels of detection.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
Still, even limited information about mO(t), such as whether we can state to a high confidence level that there is a signal of interest below 40ms, can be very useful.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
Thus, confidence levels can only be assigned for a specific c2 and all model spectra with the same c2 will have the same confidence level.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
While the confidence levels should be positive, due to statistical fluctuations, occasionally they are negative.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
The calculations of Cochran’s Q test show that at the 95% confidence level, the null hypothesis, all the tasks are the same difficulty, for both the control and the treatment group is rejected.
Concerning the Feasibility of Example-driven Modelling Techniques
Figure 20 of (Miller, 1933) relates fringe shi ft to his model of absolute speed, yielding an upper limit on the earth ’s absolute motion of 6 km/sec (90% confidence level).
An Explanation of Dayton Miller's Anomalous "Ether Drift" Result
This new analysis obtains a value of zero, and puts an upper bound on the “absolute motion of the earth ” of 6 km/s (90% confidence level).
An Explanation of Dayton Miller's Anomalous "Ether Drift" Result
Fig. 1 shows such a dependence and the confidence interval, as well. t is the day’s number, namely 1 for the first day (Aug.19, 2004), 2 for the second working day and so on. The data cover the interval between t = 1 (Aug.19, 2004), t = 573 (Nov.24.
A Probability Density Function for Google's stocks
Fig. 2 shows the quadratic dependence and the confidence interval, as well. t is the day’s number, namely 1 for the first day (Aug.19, 2004), 2 for the second working day and so on. The data cover the interval between t = 1 (Aug.19, 2004), t = 573 (Nov.24. 2006) .
A Probability Density Function for Google's stocks
A spreadsheet with hidden cells is perverse, because hidden cells are inaccessible dependents. Hiding cells or preventing changes in a spreadsheet is irritating and tends to reduce the reader's confidence in the spreadsheet.
New Guidelines For Spreadsheets
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